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Essential oils and Chakra Balancing

Using Essential Oils To Balance Your Chakras

“Chakra”, which is the Sanskrit word for “wheel”, refers to seven site specific concentrations of energy emanating from the body. Each of these Chakra centres govern its own expression of associated bodily, emotional and spiritual energy, yet each are linked and in tune with all the others.

When one or more of the chakras is over- or under-expressing its associated energy, itmanifests as an imbalance in the body, mind and spirit. When all of the chakras are balanced in their expression, then the physical, mental and spiritual well being is manifested.

Essential Oils Promotes Chakra Balancing

Within the practice of aromatherapy, the influence that aromatic plant essential oils have on the body, mind and spirit, can be adapted to promote greater balanced chakra functioning. By applying essential oils one can either activate and energize sluggish chakra functions or calm and quieten over-active ones. Balancing oils are good candidates for maintaining support of well-regulated chakras.

A combination of both activating and calming oils will tend to have an overall balancing and supportive benefit to the chakras. Here are a few suggestions to get you started.

Root Chakra – (Nutmeg / Cloves / Patchouli / Vetiver / Bergamot) A foot massage is a great way to balance the root chakra which regulates your sense of groundedness and stability. Nutmeg will activate a sluggish root chakra, while patchouli and vetiver calm an over active one. Choose a balancing essential oil such as bergamot to help maintain a smoothly functioning root chakra.

Sacral Chakra – (Cardomom / Orange / Ylang Ylang / Neroli / Bergamot / Sweet Orange / Sandalwood) The sacral chakra, which influences your sensuality, benefits from a lower back massage. Spicy cardamon essential oil awakens a dormant sacral chakra, while ylang ylang and neroli calm . Look to sweet orange and sandalwood to maintain a well functioning sacral chakra.

Solar Plexus Chakra – (Chamomile / Eucalyptus / Juniper Berry / Vetiver / Helichrysum / Citrus Bliss / Grapedruit / Lemon) A gentle tummy massage influences the functioning of the solar plexus chakra which influences your gut instincts. Apply eucalyptus and juniper berry to activate the solar plexus, and vetiver or helichrysum to calm an over active one. Good balancing oils to apply to an already well expressed solar plexus chakra are citrus bliss, grapefruit and lemon.

Heart Chakra – (Palmarossa / Lavender / Sweet Marjoram / Geranium / Rose)

The emotional centre that is the heart chakra readily benefits from a supportive perfumed annointing oil, applied to the breast bone or massaged into the middle back area. Palmarossa essential oil will open the heart chakra, while lavender and sweet marjoram will quieten it down. Try regular applications of geranium or rose essential oil to maintain a well functioning heart chakra.

Throat Chakra – (Lemon / Lavender / Roman Chamomile / Vanilla / Coriander Seed / Ginger) A body spray applied to chest and neck areas is an efficient way to influence the functioning of the throat chakra which influences your expressiveness and communication. Turn to lemon essential oil to open a sluggish throat chakra, and vanilla or Roman chamomile to calm. Coriander seed and ginger are balancing oils to maintain the even expression of the throat chakra.

Third Eye Chakra – (Rosemary / Clary Sage / German Chamomile / Frankincense / Sandalwood) The visionary, awareness supporting third eye chakra can be influenced with an anointing oil applied to the forehead or through simple diffusion and inhalation. Rosemary and Clary Sage essential oils will open a sleeping third eye chakra, while German chamomile will stabilize and focus this visionary chakra. Frankincense or sandalwood are good choices to maintain a clear and balanced third eye chakra.

Crown Chakra – (Lavender / Neroli / Vanilla / Frankincense) A room diffusion applied to the airspace around you is the best way to balance the transcendent crown chakra which occupies the space above the crown of your head. Spicy sweet lavandin clarifies a low functioning crown chakra, while neroli or vanilla calm. Look to frankincense to maintain a well functioning crown chakra.

Essential Oils to repel flies

Flies are annoying pests that you probably notice around your Plants, kitchen or sink drains.

Getting rid of flies naturally is fairly easy. Once you disturb their environment and make sure that surfaces are clean and dry, your problem should disappear quite quickly, but they will come back.

Worse still, if you like house plants and growing fruit and vegetables they may even increase in number so how can we keep them at bay effectively?

Flies can quickly become a nuisance in your home and before you know it, you have a large number of flies infesting your property.

Natural apple cider vinegar and honey fly trap

A tried and tested method of getting rid of flies, is to make a trap with apple cider vinegar (ACV). Apple cider vinegar makes an effective fly trap because the acetic acid has insecticidal properties. ACV has a sweeter smell than regular vinegar and this lures the drain flies to the trap. For a quicker response add some honey too.

Essential oil spray for killing flies

You can also use an essential oil spray to destroy flies naturally and safely. Many essential oils contain insect repellent properties. They are toxic to flies, insects, and can help get rid of ants, but can safely be used around the house and kids.

You can use any of the essential oils used in the essential oil fly spray because they all have proven efficacy against insects. Other great essential oils for getting rid of pesky flies are:

  • Peppermint oil
  • Melaleuca oil (Tea Tree)
  • Lavender oil
  • Lemongrass oil

How to use:

All you need to make a spray to get rid of flies for good is a few drops of essential oil, some liquid soap, water, and a spray bottle.

  • Fill a spray bottle almost to the top with water.
  • Add 5 – 10 drops of your favourite essential oil. (You can use just one, or experiment with a combination to get a smell that you love).
  • Add 1-2 drops of dishwashing liquid.
  • Shake well.
  • Spray on the drain flies to kill them. You can then wipe the surfaces with a clean paper towel to remove the dead flies and clean the surface.

For House Plants

  • For plants Soak a few cotton buds in the solution and stick them around the plants.

3 of these oils can be found in the Family Essentials Kit

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Why do we store essential oils in amber bottles?

Essential oils are extremely precious and should be treated with respect – they can also be very expensive.

They can become damaged by ultra-violet light and therefore deteriorate more rapidly.

Essential oils should be stored in amber glass bottles. If you do store your oils in blue bottles they need to be kept in the dark. This is less important with brown bottles. Never decant the oils into clear glass or plastic bottles because they are so powerful they could actually dissolve the plastic!

They should never be placed in direct sunlight, so avoid sunny windowsills or shelves on radiators no matter how attractive the bottles look. Essential oils do not like extremes of temperatures. They are highly volatile which means that they evaporate rapidly. Always replace the caps immediately and ensure that the tops are tightly closed when the oils are not in use.

Pure essential oils will last for approximately three years from the bottling date. In excellent storage conditions (amber bottles in a cool place) they will keep for about five years. Citrus oils tend to have a shorter shelf-life due to their high proportion of terpenes, as do absolutes and resins which thicken even more with age and the smell of solvent becomes more noticeable.

Once essential oils have been diluted in a carrier oil, the shelf-life reduces dramatically. For maximum benefit use freshly made-up blends. A blend will keep for about 3-6 months if it is stored in an amber glass bottle in a cool place away from sunlight. If sweet almond oil is added then the shelf-life is approximately 6-9 months. If the smell alters and the oil becomes sour smelling then you should definitely discard it.

Do’s & Don’ts of Buying & Storage

We recommend only purchase essential oils if they are certified pure therapeutic grade.

*Always buy oils in amber glass bottles. Clear glass or plastic bottles do not contain pure essential oils. 

*Do not store your oils in direct sunlight

*Are the essential oils all the same price? If they are, then you are definitely not purchasing pure essential oils. For instance, pure essential oil of rose and Frankincense will be far more expensive then lavender, rosemary or wild orange essential oil.

*If purchasing oils that are diluted, always verify the date they were blended.

*Essential oils should always be kept away from young children. If they are taken internally some essential oils can be highly dangerous.

*Never leave bottled pure essential oils standing on plastic, polished or painted surfaces which can be damaged by the chemical constituents.

Top middle and base notes

Essential oil “notes”

Essential oil notes

Once you become more experienced with essential oils and as your collection grows you may want to learn more about blending.

Although you may simply be looking at blending a therapeutic oil for a certain ailment, the fragrance should still be “balanced” and in harmony and this is where the fragrance notes come into play.

Essential oils are classified by their “notes” or scent characteristics.

Top, middle and base

This chart shows the typical classification and can be used in combining essential oils.

Top Notes

Essential oils that are classified as top notes normally evaporate very fast and typically have anti-viral properties. They tend to be light, fresh and uplifting in nature and are usually inexpensive. Top notes are highly volatile, fast acting, and give the first impression of the blend. However, they are not very long lasting due to the evaporation.

Middle Notes

The bulk of essential oils are considered middle notes and normally give body to the blend and have a balancing effect. The aroma of middle notes are not always immediately evident and may take a couple of minutes to establish their scent. They are normally warm and soft fragrances.

Base Notes

Essential oils that are classified as base notes are normally very heavy and their fragrance is very solid. It will be present for a long time and slows down the evaporation of the other oils. These fragrances are normally intense and heady. They are normally rich and relaxing in nature and are typically the most expensive of all oils.

Blending

Blending does not only rely on the notes alone, since some oils are extremely fragrant and in some cases, overpoweringly so.

When using these very strongly fragranced oils, it is best to add a drop of oil at a time to prevent it from overpowering your entire blend.

Have fun and experiment

Blending oils can be fun, so remember that the end result should be to your liking, so it is no problem if you do not follow the guidelines about using the different notes at all – they are only guidelines to help you along.

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Family Essentials Enrollment Kit – Whats in the Kit?

The doTerra Family Essentials Kit is not only a fantastic way to get 10 of the top essential oils for you and your family, it’s also incredible value! Maybe you want to get started with essential oils, but you’re not really sure which oils to buy. Or maybe you’ve already bought a doTerra Family Essentials Kit but you don’t feel too confident in using the oils and getting the most out of our your investment.

Why get a kit?

You can’t paint a really great picture with just one colour so Doterra have packaged together these top 10 oils which are what I started with.

Fear not!

We know that getting started with essential oils can be a bit tricky and overwhelming, so we’ve put together this fantastic beginners guide to the 10 essential oils in the doTerra Family Essentials Kit.

First off, what’s included in the doTerra Family Essentials Kit?

doTerra’s Family Essentials Kit includes a fantastic range of 11 essential oils, all in 5ml bottles. These bottles are small but mighty and they’ll last you much, much longer than you’d ever think!

  1. Lavender
  2. Lemon
  3. Peppermint
  4. Melaleuca (Tea Tree)
  5. Oregano
  6. Frankincense
  7. Deep Blue
  8. Breathe
  9. Digestzen
  10. On Guard

If you buy the Enrolment Kit version, you also get an annual enrolment as a Wellness Advocate included (£24). If you bought these oils individually, you’d pay much more than the Kit price, so it’s a great way to get started.

But what do I actually do with these essential oils?!

All of these oils can be used in an almost endless number of ways on you and your family. I’ve downloaded the Modern Essentials app for my phone and I use it whenever I want a bit of inspiration for using the oils, or when I’ve bought a new oil and I need some guidance on how to use it.

If you do a quick search online for ‘doTerra’ and the name of the oil, you’ll find fantastic guidance pages called Uses and Benefits. Each oil has its own Uses and Benefits page. Heres the 3 ways to use doterra oils.

As ever, always read the label, and you can find all the important information on the relevant Uses and Benefits page.

Here are our top ways to use each of the oils in doTerra’s Family Essentials Kit:

LAVENDER

Lavender is best known for its calming and relaxing qualities. doTerra’s Lavender can be used to support a good night’s sleep (yes please!) and can reduce the appearance of skin imperfections and irritations. There are countless ways to use this wonderful oil, known as ‘the Swiss army knife’ of essential oils! Here are a few of my favourite:

Skin irritation including sunburn and nappy rash: Add 2-3 tablespoons of doTerra Fractionated Coconut Oil to 5-7 drops of doTerra Lavender. For nappy rash, see Melaleuca below for a homemade cream.

Relaxation and tension release: Add 3-4 drops to a diffuser (I use the doTerra Petal Diffuser) or apply to the back of the neck and temples.

Beautiful aroma in your home: Add 3-4 drops to a diffuser, sit back and let it work its magic!

Cooking: Add 1-2 drops to a cake of biscuit mixture and a tiny amount to frosting mixture – yum!

A good night’s sleep: Rub a drop or two on the bottom of feet or put a few drops on your pillow. A lovely way to use this oil on your children.

Lavender blends well with: Bergamot, Citrus Bliss, Marjoram and Basil essential oils.

LEMON

This oil is zingy, fresh and has lots of uses. It’s known for its purifying properties and so it can be used to cleanse and deodorise surfaces and the air. It also aids digestion and supports healthy respiratory function. It typically takes 15 lemons to fill the 5ml bottle in the Family Essential Kit!

Here are just a few ways to use Lemon essential oil:

Start your day with a refreshing, cleansing drink: Add 1 drop (just one! This oil will last you!) to a glass of water. It will naturally cleanse the body and aid digestion.

Lift and energise your mood and help cleanse and purify the air and surfaces: Add 3-4 drops  to a diffuser for a fresh, bright and clean smelling home. Blend 2 drops of Lemon with 1 drop of Lime, 1 drop of Lavender and 1 drop of Rosemary for a “Clean Summer Kitchen” aroma.

Add a sweet lemon zing to your smoothie or dessert without the sugar: Add 1 drop to a smoothie.

Natural cleaning agent: From glass cleaner, to all-purpose cleaning sprays, using your Lemon oil as part of your household cleaning routine is a wonderful way to eliminate nasty chemicals.  

Get rid of sticky residue: If a price tag has left a sticky mark, or your toddler’s sticky hands are all over the wall, floor, chair, table…basically everywhere, then add a bit of Lemon oil to a cloth and gently rub.

Lemon essential oil blends well with: Grapefruit, Lime or Bergamot essential oils to bring out the bright energising scent of Lemon. It goes well with spicy essential oils like Wild Orange and Cinnamon. It also compliments Douglas Fir and Wintergreen.

PEPPERMINT

So. Many. Uses! This oil is amazing! Let’s dive straight into just some of the ways you can use it:

A fresh, energising addition to water and smoothies: Add 1-2 drops to your smoothie for a refreshing twist. Add 1 drop to a cup of water with some sliced fruit for a deliciously infused drink. These tasty drinks will help promote healthy respiratory function and clear breathing.

A quick pick-me-up: Wake up your senses and promote a feeling of energy by putting 1 drop in the palm of your hand and inhaling deeply. Add 1 drop of Frankincense (included in the Family Essentials Kit) and 1 drop of Wild Orange to lift your mood (Orange), promote feelings of relaxation (Frankincense) and promote a sense of soothing (Peppermint). You’ll feel energised and relaxed in no time!

Pimp our massage oil and shampoo: Add a drop or two to your favourite message oil, or combine with doTerra’s Fractionated Coconut Oil, for a cooling and soothing feeling. Add Lavender as well, and you’ve got the perfect mix. Add a drop to your shampoo to pamper your scalp.

Repel bugs and spiders: Many bugs don’t like the potent smell of Peppermint, so add 1-3 drops to a cotton ball and put in the corner of the rooms the creepy crawlies love the most!

A soothing and relaxing aroma: Add 2-3 drops to your diffuser.

Peppermint oil blends well with: Lavender, Lemon, Melaleuca, Oregano (all included in the Family Essentials Kit), Eucalyptus, Grapefruit, Rosemary, Marjoram, and Cypress. Try a blend of two or more in your diffuser.

MELALEUCA (TEA TREE)

Did you ever put Tea Tree oil on a spot when you were a teenager and wince as it stung your skin, while you prayed it would get rid of the spot before school the next morning?! I know I did! Truth is, high quality, 100% natural Melaleuca (Tea Tree) from doTerra will not sting at all and will  reduce the spot and redness before morning! There are endless other ways to use this versatile essential oil:

Purify and freshen the air: Add 3-4 drops to your diffuser. Try a lovely revitalising blend in your diffuser: add 2 drops of Lemon (included in the Family Essentials Kit), 2 drops of Eucalyptus, 1 drop of Melaleuca and 1 drop of Peppermint (included in the Family Essentials Kit). Add an extra drop or two of Lemon, Peppermint or Melaleuca if you haven’t got Eucalyptus – when it comes to blending your oils, there aren’t any rules – just give it a try. Some oils go better together than others.

Purify and tone the skin, and soothe occasional skin irritations: Apply 1-2 drops of doTerra’s Melaleuca oil to the irritated area/spot. Use with doTerra’s Fractionated Coconut Oil if your skin is sensitive. Add 1-2 drops to your facial cleanser or moisturiser for added cleansing properties.

Natural cleaning agent: Just like doTerra’s Lemon oil, Melaleuca is great for cleaning purposes as it protects against environmental and seasonal threats with a wonderful scent.

Natural alternative to Sudocrem, Bepanthem and other nappy creams: If you’re looking for a more natural way to sooth your baby’s bottom. You’ll be making great use of not only your Melaleuca oil, but your Lavender as well.

Melaleuca blends well with: Peppermint, Lemon (included in the Kit), Eucalyptus, and Lavender.

OREGANO

Before I found doTerra’s essential oils, Oregano was just the herb that sat in the back of my kitchen cupboard gathering dust! Oregano essential oil can help support a healthy immune system, healthy digestion and respiratory function, is an excellent source of antioxidants and can even be used as a household cleaner.

Because of Oregano oil’s high phenol content, caution should be taken when diffusing or inhaling – only one to two drops are needed. This oil packs a punch! When applied topically, Oregano should be diluted with doTerra Fractionated Coconut Oil.

Natural household cleaner: This is a powerful cleansing and purifying agent, so it is ideal for surfaces and countertops. Add 10 drops to 300ml of water and use in a clean spray bottle.

Help maintain healthy immune function and support healthy digestion: Add one drop to a glass of water each day.

Add flavour to your favourite Italian meals: One drop of Oregano essential oil can replace one tablespoon of ground oregano.

1 + 1 sometimes = 3! Some essential oils work even better when they are combined with a second oil. Combine Oregano and Peppermint (included in your Family Essentials Kit – yay!), for a more powerful result. Try this combination in your diffuser.

Diffuse in your home for a cleansing, green, sharp aroma: Add 1-2 drops to your diffuser.

Oregano oil blends well with: Peppermint, Lavender, Melaleuca (all included in the Kit), Basil, Rosemary, Bergamot, Cypress and Cedarwood,

FRANKINCENSE

This is known as ‘the king of essential oils’, and for a good reason! The fact that it comes in the Family Essentials Kit is one of the best things about the Kit! It’s one of the more expensive essential oils, so it makes the Kit incredible value.

Frankincense is a powerful essential oil known for its ability to beautify and rejuvenate skin when applied topically, and promote cellular health and immunity, among other benefits. The aroma promotes feelings of satisfaction, peace, relaxation and overall wellness.

I have this in a roller bottle and I was totally amazed when I first rolled it onto my face wrinkles (shhh!)…I could see an improvement almost immediately! I’m not claiming I’ve banished them forever and that I now look 21 again, but I can absolutely see the difference in the health and appearance of my skin. You can get inexpensive empty roller bottles from eBay.

DIY room spray: No more nasty chemical room sprays! Try combining Frankincense with one of the oils it blends well with (Lemon, Lavender, Grapefruit, Wild Orange, Lime, Geranium, Sandalwood and many others). With the room spray, you not only get the incredible aroma, but you and your family also experience its relaxing and peaceful benefits.Create a peaceful, relaxing environment: If you’re into yoga or meditation, or just want to relax, diffusing Frankincense’s aromatic properties will give you a positive and focused lift, helping you to feel peaceful and relaxed.

Relieve stress: If you’re feeling a bit overwhelmed and stressed, apply Frankincense to the bottom of your feet (1 drop should be enough) to help you relax and balance your mood.

Revive dry hands and fingernails: Add a few drops to a moisturiser to help hydrate your skin. Why not buy an non-fragrant, inexpensive moisturiser and have it to hand whenever you want to combine it with an essential oil. There’s something quite satisfying about turning an inexpensive moisturiser into a luxury Frankincense cream!

Frankincense blends well with: Lime, Lemon, Wild Orange, Lavender, Cypress, Rose, Sandalwood, Ylang Ylang and Geranium.

DEEP BLUE

This is a wonderful oil to use for a massage as it provides a cooling, soothing sensation. It can be used to soothe muscles and relax the body after strenuous activity [READ: any normal day as a parent!].

The Deep Blue bottle is the one with the bigger cap – used to differentiate it from other oils because it should not be ingested.

Deep Blue is a blend of eight essential oils: Wintergreen, Camphor, Peppermint, Ylang Ylang, Helichrysum, Blue Tansy, Blue Chamomile, and Osmanthus.

Growing pains: If your children are having a growth spurt and their legs are feeling the effects of ‘growing pains’ and occasional aches, combine a few drops with doTerra’s Fractionated Coconut Oil and rub onto their legs before bedtime.

Soothe muscles before and after exercise: Rub a few drops on muscles before and after exercise to reduce discomfort. Combine with a carrier oil such as doTerra’s Fractionated Coconut Oil for sensitive skin.

Tension headache: Rub a few drops on the back of your neck and temples.

Massage heaven: Either combine with a carrier oil such as doTerra’s Fractionated Coconut Oil or your favourite massage oil for a deeply soothing massage.

Soothe joint and muscle pain: If you suffer from joint ache, use Deep Blue alongside your regular treatment. Rub directly onto affected joints.

BREATHE – RESPIRATORY BLEND

Breathe is a blend of eight essential oils: Eucalyptus, Peppermint, Melaleuca, Lemon, and Cardamom.

It is known for its ability to maintain feelings of clear airways and helps cool and invigorate, promoting feelings of easy breathing. It can also be used to help you have a restful sleep. It has an airy and fresh mint aroma.

Promote clear airways: I use this on my children when they have a bit of a sniffle. I rub a few drops onto their chest at bedtime so they can breathe in the cooling and invigorating vapour.

Diffuse for a restful sleep: Fill your bedroom with a fresh and minty aroma and you will feel calm and restful.

Reduce seasonal threats: When the seasons are changing, you’re spending more time outdoors, or you’re feeling the effects of the seasons, diffuse 3-4 drops of Deep Blue, rub on the bottom of feet or add a few drops to the palm of your hands and take some deep breathes in.

Breathe blends well with: Peppermint, Wild Orange, Bergamot and Lime.

DIGESTZEN – DIGESTIVE BLEND

DigestZen has the nickname as the ‘tummy tamer’ blend! It’s a blend of seven essential oils: Ginger, Fennel, Coriander, Tarragon, Anise, Caraway and Peppermint that combine to help ease occasional stomach discomfort, maintain a healthy gastrointestinal tract and aid digestion. It has a spicy, sweet, minty, liquorice aroma.

If you’re prone to motion/travel sickness, this is the blend for you.

Assist your digestive system: Add 1 drop to a glass of liquid or other drink.

Soothe occasional stomach upsets: Rub 1-2 drops to your writs, temple, bottom of feet or stomach. Massaging it directly onto your stomach will be soothing and comforting. Combine it with Fractionated Coconut oil so it is easier to massage.

Aid digestion of heavy meals: If you’re off on holiday or are going to a family get-together, add a few drops to a glass of water and drink.

Travel sickness: Rub DigestZen on your stomach before or during a journey to ease sickness and nausea.

ON GUARD – PROTECTIVE BLEND

This is the oil for any parents out there or, in fact, anyone who can’t help but reach for the hand sanitiser on a day trip – this is your new alternative!

On Guard is a blend of five essential oils: Wild Orange, Clove, Cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary – it even sounds clean as well as smelling amazing!

As well as the bottle of On Guard essential oil that comes in your Family Essentials Kit, you might like to try the wider On Guard product range. I use the foaming hand wash and the natural whitening toothpaste.

Here are just a few ways to use the pure essential oil:

Naturally support the immune and respiratory system: Add one drop of On Guard to a glass of water and drink.

Sense a bug or the sniffles lurking?!: If your children have brought home a sniffle or mild bug, reach for On Guard. Rub a drop or two on the bottom of their feet. Defend against sniffles, by proactively rubbing it onto their feet before school, particularly at the start of term. Combine 1 tablespoon of Fractionated Coconut Oil with 1-2 drops of On Guard.

Natural hand cleanser: Make up your own little bottle of hand cleanser by combining On Guard with Fractionated Coconut oil. Rub it on yours and your children’s hands and fingers when you’re out and about.

Natural household cleaner: For a natural, nontoxic cleaner, add a couple of drops of doTerra On Guard to a small spray bottle with water and use as an effective all-purpose surface cleaner. It’s got a lovely warm, woody, spicy aroma as well.

Immune boosting smoothie: Add a few drops to your homemade smoothies. Given its spicy, woody aroma, it might not taste great with all smoothies.

Uplifting, purifying and energising aroma: Add 3-4 drops to a diffuser to cleanse the air and surfaces and create an uplifting, purifying and energising fragrance throughout your home.

Where can I buy the doTerra Family Essential Kit?

You can buy the Kit at normal retail price here. To save 25% on your order and future orders, join doTerra as a Wellness Advocate. There are other great benefits too. Find out more here. There is an annual fee of £20, but this is included in the Family Essentials Kit – yay! If you’d like to know more, need some more advice on getting the most out of your doTerra essential oils, would like me to host an essential oil session for you and your friends, or would like me to enrol you as a Wellness Advocate, just get in touch.

The Family Essentials Kit is just one of the many ways to get started with essential oils. If you’d like to try some FREE samples before investing, then get in touch and I’ll send some out to you.

Want a kit with a diffuser? There are lots of options to choose. Here is the emotional aromatherapy kit too.

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Want even more the home essentials AND a diffuser ask me about the Home Essentials kit?

3 ways to use essential oils

How Do I Use Essential Oils Safely?


Traditionally, certain essential oil application methods have been preferred or used exclusively. However, as the research surrounding essential oils continues to develop, a greater understanding of application methods is now understood. All application methods are safe when used appropriately, including aromatic, topical, and internal methods. One or multiple application methods can be used for a wide range of emotional and physical wellness applications. They can be used a single oil at a time or in complex blends in one of three methods:

1 Aromatic

The sense of smell is a tool that can elicit powerful physiologic, mental, and emotional responses. Essential oils are quickly absorbed by the smell receptors, which have a direct link to the limbic system by way of the olfactory nerve. The limbic system is part of the brain that supports a variety of functions including smell, emotions, behavior, and memory. For this reason, essential oils have an especially powerful effect via aromatic application.

Some essential oils induce uplifting or invigorating effects, while others are more calming. Diffusion is one of the simplest methods for using essential oils aromatically. Diffusers that use cold air or water are ideal. However, using essential oils aromatically does not require any special diffusing devices.

You can achieve the same health benefits by simply placing a few drops of essential oil in the palm of your hand that is then cupped around the nose as you breathe deeply.

Additional aromatic uses For Essential Oils Include:

  • Apply oil to a cotton ball and place in the air vents of your vehicle
  • Mix oils in a spray bottle with water and mist over furniture, carpet, or linens
  • Add oil to a batch of laundry or to dryer sheets
  • Use in household surface cleaners

2 Topical

Topical application is a very effective method for applying essential oils. Because essential oils have low molecular weights and are lipid soluble, they easily penetrate the skin. Once absorbed, they stay in the applied area for a localized benefit.

Although essential oils are readily absorbed, there are many ways to increase absorption. Using a light massage will increase the blood flow to the area of application, in turn improving distribution throughout the body. Use of a carrier oil can also increase absorption, especially in skin that is dry or flaky as it helps moisturize the skin and slow evaporation of the oil.

To decrease the likelihood of developing a skin sensitivity, especially on young or sensitive skin, it is advisable to use a carrier oil (such as Fractionated Coconut Oil) to dilute more potent oils and when trying an oil for the first time. The recommend dilution ratio is typically one drop of essential oil to three drops of carrier oil.

It’s always advisable to use several small doses throughout the day rather than a single large dose. Start with the lowest possible dose (1–2 drops). A topical dose can be repeated every 4–6 hours as needed. Because every individual is unique, the dose will vary for each individual based on size, age, and overall health status.

Beneficial Areas You Can Apply Essential Oils

  • Neck
  • Forehead and temples
  • Chest and abdomen
  • Arms, legs, bottom of feet

Other Effective Methods of Topical Application 

  • Add a few drops of oil to a warm bath
  • Make a hot or cold compress by soaking a towel or cloth in water, adding essential oils, and then applying to the desired area
  • Add oil to a lotion or moisturizer and then apply to skin

Sensitive Areas to be Avoided:

  • Some facial areas, such as the skin around the eyes
  • Eyes and inner ears, intimate areas
  • Broken, damaged, or otherwise injured skin

3 Internal

Certain essential oils have a rich culinary history and can be used as dietary supplements supporting a variety of healthy conditions. When you sprinkle cinnamon on your oatmeal, sip a mug of peppermint tea, or add fresh basil leaves to your spaghetti, you are actually consuming some volatile aromatic essential oil compounds.

Essential oil contributes many health benefits as well as flavoring and aroma properties to foods. When in their concentrated form, essential oils can be used as dietary supplements for more targeted and potent health benefits. Internal use is a very safe and effective method of application because of the sophisticated physiologic processes of our bodies.

When ingested, essential oils directly enter the blood stream via the gastrointestinal tract, where they are transported throughout the rest of the body. Essential oils are lipid soluble so they are readily transported to all organs of the body, including the brain. Then, like all things we consume, essential oils are metabolized by the liver and other organs and are then excreted.

The composition of essential oils is highly complex. Each constituent possesses a unique set of biochemical properties that react with cells and organs in different ways. Although these mechanisms of action are not completely understood, the positive end results have been demonstrated. However, the body is only equipped to handle appropriate doses of essential oils.

Proper dosing according to labeling recommendations and other professional guidelines should be strictly followed to avoid toxicity.

Effective Methods of Internal Application 

  • Use oils in recipes for cooking or baking to replace fresh or dried herbs and spices
  • Remember that essential oils are much more potent than dried or fresh herbs and spices, so start with a very small amount
  • For more potent oils, it may be better to administer them by toothpicks (dip the end of a clean toothpick into the oil and then add to the food) rather than drops
  • Add essential oils to water, smoothies, milk, tea, or other drinks
  • Take essential oils internally in a veggie capsule or add to a small amount of honey or yogurt

Candle Making with Essential Oils

Candle Making with Essential Oils

Bring the season into your home with these easy-to-make candles and create your favourite scent.

This Example recipe is for a Winter Candle, but replace the drops with 1 or 2 of your favourite oils.

Ingredients:
2 cups soy wax for candle making
Natural candle wick
15-20 drops Douglas Fir essential oil
15-20 drops Frankincense essential oil
Lolipop sticks
250mL glass jar or tin candle holder
Glass measuring cup
Decorative ribbon (optional)

Instructions:

  1. Place measuring cup with wax in a few centimetres of boiling water to create a double boiler
  2. Add Frankincense and Douglas Fir essential oils (or any other oils you would like to try out)
  3. When the wax is melted in the double boiler use a spoon to drip a little bit of wax at the bottom of your jar or canister.  
  4. Stick the wick in place while the wax is still liquid. Hold the wick in place until the wax is cool and hardened. 
  5. Pour in the melted wax to fill your jar using 2 popsicle sticks to keep the wick in place while the wax is cooling and hardening.
  6. Wait 45 minutes for the wax to cool and harden. You may wish to put the candle in the fridge to speed up this process.
  7. Once the candle is hardened, trim the wick so that it sits about a centimetre above the top of the wax.
  8. Optionally, glue on your decorations. The possibilities are endless!

See also Soap Making and Bath Bombs with Essential Oils